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Gavin Lives Life Football Tournament Raises Money for the Euan MacDonald Centre

Letter to Euan MacDonald from Tom Lanigan

Dear Euan,

As you know, Gavin was a very good footballer and played to a high level winning many leagues and cups in his career. Like yourself, Gavin also supports a team who wears green and white although your team had more success in the big cup competition this season:-)

Gavin made many friends through football and over the last couple of years his former teammates played in the ‘Gavin Lives Life’ Cup. The tournament this year was played on 1 May 2016 and it was Gavin’s wish that every penny raised would be donated to the Euan MacDonald Centre for MND research. I have today (31 May) concluded the final piece of fundraising so would like to confirm that a grand total of £8,071.60 will make its way to the EMD Centre.

This is a small token of our gratitude for everything that the EMD Centre have provided to Gavin over the past few years. From practical advice to voice banking and perhaps the most important aspect of all, the friendship you have given to Gavin. Through this friendship, you have become a role model to Gavin.

With kind regards

Tom Lanigan

Get On Yer Bike

Dear friends,

I hope this finds you well.

The last 2 weeks have been fruitful for me in several ways.  My condition remains stable, with strength improving each day.

I am out of bed and going walk about in the chair around this huge state of the art hospital several times a week. Very liberating.

The other major advancement is every day I am now on my bike machine (only possible due to Reidy & Baz humphing it here from my house, thanks again guys). Within a few days, I am doing 20 minutes and 1.5 miles per day, and looking to increase. Every rotation feels great.

Appreciate the continued visits. We always seem to have a lot of laughs. Keep coming, you might spot me on my bike.

Live Life.

Making Progress

(content brought to you using only my eyes)

Dear friends,

Following a turbulent few weeks with health challenges, I am delighted to say that the situation has stabilised and indeed improving with every passing day.

I remain in hospital at the moment, while arrangements are being made to return home.

I have been extremely fortunate. The professionals at Glasgow’s new Southern General hospital have been heroes. Countless consultants, nurses, and physiotherapists.

Making an immeasurable difference to my recovery has been the goodwill, prayers, and hospital visits by so many. Thank you so much, and keep coming.

Live life.

Longest Day Golf Challenge

On Sunday 21st June, 8 slightly unhinged golfers gathered on the 1st tee of Williamwood Golf Club to get the latest GavinLivesLife fundraiser underway. The idea was hatched on the evening of the race night back in January and quickly snowballed from there. Within no time we had commitment from 8 golfers ready to test their physical endurance across 4 rounds, 72 holes and 20-odd miles of walking. Between January and June, golfers came and golfers went, before the final line-up was complete: Paul Condron, Bob Bruce, Graeme Reid, Fergal O’Neill, Brett Ennals, Kirk Willoughby, Alan McFadden and Matt Bentley.


We gathered at 4:45am on Sunday morning and got things underway at 5am. The first two rounds were completed in just 2 hours 15 minutes each, which left everyone scratching their heads at being halfway through the challenge by shortly after 9:30am. There was even talk of us having to add a 5th round to the day if we could keep this pace up.

Throughout the day we kept in touch with Gavin back at Lanigan HQ by text message, sending him regular photo updates from around the course and getting his views on the subject of Bob’s handicap declarations. Gavin has always been a supporter of efficient play on the golf course and hearing that we were getting round so quickly met with approval!

We went straight into round three, but soon found the pace much more leisurely as we started to catch up with the Sunday morning golfers – round 3 was completed in 4 hours before we stopped for a well earned lunch in the clubhouse.

Round 4 got underway at 3:30pm and despite some heavy rain showers and some even heavier legs, the teams walked off the 18th green (or 72nd green!) shortly after 7:30pm and headed to the bar for a well-earned pint and a comfy chair.


The fundraising total is sitting just over £6,500 and there’s already talk of doing it all again next year. Big thanks to everyone who helped make this happen, to Williamwood Golf Club for giving us access to the course, to everyone who donated to the fundraising effort, and to the golfers who put up with a few aches and pains to do their bit for GavinLivesLife. Golf has long been a passion of Gav’s and I know he was delighted to see an event like this on the schedule, but for the golfers, Gav’s regular text message contributions to the chat around the course on Sunday really helped drive us on to the 72nd hole.

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Letter to Gavin

Dear Gavin,

I would like to thank you for what you have done for me and my daughter.

Thanks to your initiative Gavin Lives Life and the great way of fundraising through doing sports, I have been blessed with more quality time with my daughter.

Thanks to you we have started running back in March to be able to complete the Prague Marathon Family run, which is only 3km.

The fun and the great memories we have made during the training and the day of the run will always stay with us.

My daughter Helena, she is 5years old, was very excited and proud the day of the race to wear the T-Shirt with HP and your logo. She did a great job, we run the 3km in 19min 48sec, when we crossed the finish line, I started crying. And she asked “mom, why do you cry? I haven’t run well?” and lady behind us answered – “ your mum is crying because she is so proud of you.” And she was right, I would never even think of my daughter being able to do this, as we are both diagnosed with Hereditary Spherocytosis.

While driving home from Prague I suddenly heard “When are we running next time mom?” and my kid went to sleep that day in the race T-Shirt, with the race number and the medal is by her bed until now.


Thanks to you we found new hobby, new passion and since the Prague marathon we run next family race 2weeks later, that was 3.3km and we did it in 21mins and we are planning to attend next ones during this summer.

Every time we run, you run with us.